Bendik Giske (NO/DE) is an artist and saxophonist whose expressive use of physicality,
vulnerability and endurance have already won him much critical acclaim. You can hear all of
this in his debut album Surrender, released at the start of 2019 on Smalltown Supersound,
which can be described as Giske stripped to the core: no overdubs, looping, or effects. Just
his body, breath, the saxophone and a resonant physical space, plus lots of microphones.
If this new studio-as-an-instrument process has brought Giske one step closer to the manmachine, it's also a way to bridge the separation - or crack - between the two. This kind of
liminal space, according to Giske, is to be treasured: "The tracks wedge themselves into the
cracks of our perceived reality to explore them for their beauty. A celebration of corporeal
states and divergent behaviors," he explains. He cheerfully admits to mining the thought
universe of Mu oz - especially his book Cruising Utopia- as inspiration, and the resulting
Cracks have a sensual, deeply-felt and lingering beauty with a touch of the superhuman.